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Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:19pm
 
The U.S. Department of Education (ED) has released the brief, Trends in State and Local Expenditures on Corrections and Education detailing that over the last three decades "state and local spending on prisons and jails has increased...
Thu, 07/14/2016 - 10:01am

Last week, we were re­traumatized by the horror of watching the recorded murder of Alton Sterling, only to feel this deepen with the live Facebook streaming of Philando Castile’s murder a few hours later. Our hearts are heavy for Quinyetta McMillan and Cameron Sterling, and for Diamond Reynolds and the Castile family. The Dignity in Schools Campaign, an...

Thu, 07/07/2016 - 4:11pm

Today, the Dignity in Schools Campaign co-hosted the Beyond the First Look: Turning Local Data Action webinar with the Schott Foundation for Public Education. The webinar discussed the recent release of the U.S. Department of Education's "first look" Office for Civil Rights Data Collection gathered for the 2013-2014 school year. The OCR data reveals a...

Fri, 07/01/2016 - 12:02pm

This week, U.S. Secretary of Education John King called on charter schools across the country to rethink their use of exclusionary discipline practices like suspensions and ex-pulsions, so that more students remain in school to learn. At a speech given at the National Charter School Conference in Nashville,...

Thu, 06/16/2016 - 3:35pm

Last month, parents, advocates, and students from our member organizations Action United and the Education Rights Network held a Solutions Not Suspensions rally and testified at the Pittsburgh Public School Board meeting to call for immediate action to end an...

Tue, 06/07/2016 - 10:29am

Today, the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights released new data on school discipline revealing that students of color continue to be suspended, expelled and arrested in schools at higher rates than white students, pushing...
Fri, 05/20/2016 - 10:40am

The college admissions process shouldn’t serve as a roadblock to opportunity, but should serve as a gateway to unlocking untapped potential of students.” – John B. King, Jr., U.S. Secretary of Education

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Thu, 05/19/2016 - 4:40pm

Last week the U.S. Departments of Education (ED) and Justice (DOJ) released two historic guidance documents for schools, one on advancing civil rights for transgender students and one on improving access to education for students with criminal histories. ED and DOJ released the...

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 2:24pm

New York- Today, the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GOA) will be releasing a report on K-12 Education and how federal agencies could better use information to address discrimination. The GOA’s research found that segregation “negatively impacts students outcomes and exacerbates unequal opportunity experienced later in life and confirmed that race and poverty continue to be a...

Tue, 05/17/2016 - 9:55am

Last week, DSC member Philadelphia Student Union (PSU) released a statement regarding a recent assault of PSU youth member, Brian Burney, by a school resource officer. On May 5 Brian attempted to use his school’s bathroom and was told by...